Mr. Redford n friends.
Probably the best movie theater experience I will ever have. Never has going to a cinema felt so classy and entertaining. Everybody likes dressing up when they go and having a few glasses of wine while watching their favorite movies. I can't think of a better way to spend time at the movies. And the overall decor just adds to a completely different theater-going experience.
So the experience is wonderful.. You don't feel like you're in a trashy cinema with popcorn all over the floor and sticky seats (ugh!) I suppose the only drawback is that the prices can be expensive. But this ironic revelation strikes you and you have to remind yourself that this is a movie theater, nothing's ever going to be cheap!
Now I'm just waiting for the miraculous one day I'm waiting in line to buy a glass of red and I run into Mr. Redford himself.
The Place for Indy,Foreign Films & First Run..... It had been years since I had stepped foot inside the Kabuki. I was happy it had been updated w/ potted bamboo in the lobby, current food options & a bar that adds to it's Japanese theme. The food kiosk served Pete's coffee(happiness in a cup)w/ latte or mocha options. There is also a balcony bistro(2nd floor) where food can be taken into the balcont of Cinema #1 .)Of course, popcorn & snacks, along w/ movies run in foreign tongues.(I would watch Willy Wonka in Farsi) Also, Sundance films & documentaries. The theatre chairs are comfortable and you dont feel crowded. Guess I will be checking their times more often!
Sundance Cinemas presents seasonal New American dining that's perfect for a pre- or post-movie stop and solid enough to be considered for dinner alone..
There's no question, given the time and money Robert Redford's Sundance organization put into revamping the Kabuki theaters and adding a bar, bistro and separate restaurants, that they were mounting a serious effort to create a new level of entertainment destination in Japantown. The only question was, how serious? Judging by what they got right with this portion of it, very: This is no pizza-and-popcorn stand. Rather, it's two levels of simple-yet-sleek decor with an earth-tone color scheme, open kitchen, small bar and a healthy customer base of culture vultures and indie-film aficionados who keep the crowd leaning toward the artsy and urbane. Service is speedy and attentive, and the result is a deserving addition to the neighborood. It's worth a visit not only for moviegoers, but for those seeking out a spot that stands on its own within shouting distance of the Fillmore corridor.
How does one say "better than it has to be" without it sounding like something less than the intended compliment? A merely respectable effort from the kitchen would have been a pleasant surprise for what might be too easily written off as just a movie-theater add-on. However, the fare sampled here was, with only one exception, downright tasty. For starters, house-made chorizo with fried garbanzo beans and tomatoes in a garlic paprika broth gets things going with a little gusto. A mahi ahi poke with taro chips is worthy of the restaurant's name and locale, and a braised oxtail accompanied by winter ratatouille and mirepoix with natural jus is a hearty, filling and flavorful main course. Dessert-wise, the german chocolate cake with coconut sauce and coconut ice cream is a sweet treat, but the pumpkin bread pudding with vanilla ice cream is a mouthful of autumn splendor.
Hits: At the risk of belaboring the surpassed expectations here, the wine list is well considered and comparable to those at level-or-two-above establishments. We
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